August 3, 2006, La Grange, IL — David Cai, Ph.D., joins Cognis Nutrition & Health as Senior Scientist responsible for managing scientific research projects in North America for Cognis’ growing portfolio of health-enhancing ingredients used in functional foods and dietary supplements.
In his previous position, Dr. Cai was Senior Technology Scientist overseeing nutrition-focused programs at the William Wrigley Jr. Company.
“David’s impressive background in nutrition science combined with his professional experience makes him an important asset to Cognis,” said Dave Eckert, Vice President, Cognis Nutrition & Health, North America. Ralph Zink, Ph.D., Global R&D Director, Cognis Nutrition & Health added, “His knowledge on a broad range of nutritional issues will be invaluable as we work with customers to create successful products backed by credible science.”
Dr. Cai studied with internationally renowned Professor Connie Weaver, Ph.D., at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, where he earned his doctorate degree in Nutrition Science. He has a master’s degree in Food Science and Technology from the University of Alberta, Canada, and a bachelor’s degree in Biochemical Engineering from East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai,China.
Active in numerous professional scientific organizations, Dr. Cai is a member of the International Life Science Institute, the American Society of Nutritional Sciences, the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, the American Society of Clinical Nutrition, the Institute of Food Technology, and the North America Association for the Study of Obesity.
Dr. Cai can be contacted at [email protected] or 708-579-6198.
Cognis (www.cognis.com) is a worldwide supplier of innovative specialty chemicals and nutritional ingredients. The company employs about 8,000 people, and it operates production sites and service centers in 30 countries. Cognis has dedicated its activities to a high level of sustainability and delivers natural-source raw materials and ingredients for food, nutrition and healthcare markets, and the cosmetics, detergents and cleaners industries. Another main focus is on products for a number of other industries, such as coatings and inks, lubricants, textiles, as well as agriculture and mining. The company holds a 50-percent stake in the joint venture Cognis Oleochemicals, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of oleochemicals. Cognis is owned by private equity funds advised by Permira, GS Capital Partners, and SV Life Sciences. In 2005, Cognis recorded sales of 3.18 billion euros and an Adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization and exceptional items) of 356 million euros.